Project Veritas attorneys sent a cease and desist letter to Pinterest accusing the tech giant of leading a coordinated effort to censor the watchdog’s investigative report which proves the platform blacklists conservative, pro-life and Christian content.
The cease and desist letter claims Pinterest coordinated the censorship of Project Veritas’ exclusive investigative report, resulting in tweets and videos covering the report being removed from other social media platforms.
“It has come to our attention that Pinterest contacted a variety of social media platforms, alerting them, falsely, that the news piece constituted ‘malicious use’ due to ‘doxing, dogpiling, brigading, spamming, or scamming.’ As a result, Project Veritas witnessed its report disappear on platforms including YouTube,” the letter states.
As Illoominate Media reported earlier this month, Project Veritas publicly disclosed documents and video testimony the investigative group obtained from a Pinterest insider identifying Pinterest employees who made the decision to add LiveAction.org to a “pornography block list,” censoring the pro-life group along with numerous conservative media sites.
A day after Project Veritas published its report, YouTube, which is owned by the parent company Google, deleted the investigative watchdog’s video exposing the social media platform. YouTube, then removed independent journalist Tim Pool’s video coverage of Veritas’ report. Pinterest also sent a privacy complaint to YouTube when conservative pundit Steven Crowder had O’Keefe on his show to discuss this investigative report.
Pinterest’s false allegations have resulted in Project Veritas’ original investigative report being taken down and third parties commenting on the investigative report being censored, the cease and desist letter states.
“Even third parties simply commenting about the news piece have had their posts censored,” the letter states. “Pinterest alleges it is ‘concerned about the safety of the identified employees and doxxing.’ Because Pinterest is falsely accusing Project Veritas of engaging in reprehensible behavior, we ask that you cease and desist in these efforts, as well as correct earlier misstatements made.”
The investigation isn’t “doxing,” Project Veritas’ attorney argues, but a matter of public interest.
“In the video report in question, Project Veritas named Megan McClellan as Pinterest’s Law Enforcement and Government Operations Program Manager. It did so solely in her professional capacity as an employee of Pinterest. It did not disclose any sensitive personal identifying information about her, like a phone number, home address, personal e-mail or social media handles, or Social Security number,” he writes. “Reporting the news—even uncomfortable discoveries like blatant censorship-is not a form of harassment or abuse. It is a protected right under the Constitution, and one we intend to defend.”
James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, published the cease and desist letter on Twitter.
Project Veritas is requesting that Pinterest retract its false statements or face a vigorous legal battle.
“Issues retraction statements to all third-party publishers and social media platforms that it made false claims about Project Veritas to within three days,” the cease and desist letter states. “Publicly correct its misstatements by posting a conspicuous notice on the Pinterest website within three days.